How Salar Jung Built the World’s Largest One-Man Art Collection

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Salar Jung III put together the world's largest one-man collection of art. What was it like to collect art in early 20th century India?

In the years following 1914, while the rest of the world was at war, a Hyderabadi prince found art to be more valuable than his post as Prime Minister.

Indian art had, over the years, been appropriated into collections outside of India. Very few collections at the time matched the scope and breadth of what lay in the British Museum’s collection of pilfered artifacts. Nawab Mir Yousuf Ali Khan's fascination for the arts changed this, in the process creating the largest one-man collection of art in the world.

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